Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Operationalisation of mental states

Interdisciplinary Tübingen Summer School
With David Papineau and Simone Schütz-Bosbach

September 26th to 29th, 2011

The summer school 2011 on "operationalisation of mental states", is a joint venture of the FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)).

Deadline: July 31st, 2011

The topic of this year's summer school is "operationalisation of mental states", thus concerning the conceptual and empirical problems of accessing ones mind. What are mentals states and how can they be measured? How are mind and brain related and why does it matter for empirical research? What is a "self" and how is it embodied?

These are but a few examples of what is going to be discussed. The goal is to work on the foundations of the mind-body-problem and to have an interdisciplinary perspective on the main concepts of philosophy of mind, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science.

David Papineau
Is professor of philosophy of science at King's College London. His research interests are - amongst others - the philosophy of mind and consciousness, and the question how reason evolved.

Simone Schütz-Bosbach
Is head of the research group "body and self" at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. Her research has a focus on cognitive neuroscience and the embodiment of the self.

The summer school will take place from the 26th to the 29th of September in the beautiful Kloster Heiligkreuztal close to Tübingen (

This event aims at advanced students, graduates and Ph.D. students. Accommodation and meals will be covered, and travelling expenses for foreign participants can be subsidised with up to 100 Euro. There is a maximum of 25 places on the summer school.

We intend to publish selected essays in an edited volume.

Participants will have to apply with an English language essay (1000 to 2000 words) on the topic: focus can be on philosophy or neuroscience or the connection between them. We suggest that the essays are based on the works of Papineau and/or Schütz-Bosbach.

An additional application form is downloadable from our website and has to be submitted with the essay. Deadline is July 31st.

Applications should be sent to or to our postal address: FORUM SCIENTIARUM, Doblerstr. 33, 72074 Tübingen, Germany.